US to provide International Military Education and Training to Cyprus

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The United States intends to provide International Military Education and Training (IMET) to the Republic of Cyprus, beginning in US fiscal year 2021, subject to Congressional appropriations and notification.

According to a press release issued by the US Embassy in Nicosia, the IMET programme is a key component of US security assistance, promoting regional stability and defence capabilities through professional military education and training.

“Through professional and technical courses, and with specialized instruction, IMET provides students from allied and friendly nations valuable training and education on US military practices and standards.  IMET serves as an effective means to strengthen military partnerships and international coalitions that defend our national security interests. IMET facilitates the development of important professional and personal relationships among defence leaders. It also helps develop a common understanding of shared international challenges and fosters the relationships necessary to counter those challenges collaboratively,” it says.

The press release notes that “offering IMET to the Republic of Cyprus is consistent with the Department of State’s Eastern Mediterranean Strategy and the policy intent of the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019, both of which aim to strengthen our security partnership with the Republic of Cyprus.”

“The Republic of Cyprus is an important partner in the Eastern Mediterranean region. We look forward to continuing to deepen our bilateral relationship as we promote regional stability,” it concludes.

Source: CNA